Lady Foxes return experienced squad
Fox Chapel girls basketball coach Jeremy Bennett didn't have an experienced, senior-heavy team last winter. But it's a different story this season.
This year, six seniors will take the court as the Lady Foxes look to improve on a 9-15 season, which included a 5-9 record in Section 3-AAAA.
"This year we pretty much have everybody back, and possibly add a couple young kids to that group," Bennett said. "We have six seniors who, in our opinion, make up a very good group. They're a very solid group."
The team's top two scorers return in senior guard Lauren Cowher (14 points per game), the daughter of Steelers coach Bill Cowher, and junior guard Catlyn Kriston (10 ppg).
"I think all of our players have taken a stride up and have worked on their game," Bennett said. "Over the summer, I think Lauren has gotten much more consistent with her jump shot. That part of her game, catch and shoot, that has improved a lot over the summer.
Kriston and Cowher will be relied on to provide points and leadership.
"Kriston was our second-leading scorer last year as a sophomore after stepping up and being our third-leading scorer as a freshman," Bennett said. "This year, we need Catlyn to be a leader on the court as well as Lauren."
With an experienced roster, Fox Chapel appears poised to make a run in the section.
"I think we have all the components to turn the corner and take the next step," Bennett said. "I think this is a team that is very capable and very confident to reach the playoffs. I also think it's a team that has the capability of challenging for a section championship."
Bennett stressed that any success the Lady Foxes achieve will be a result of team basketball.
"We need to be more consistent throughout a game," Bennett said. "We need to play with a greater level of intensity and focus. The biggest thing is everybody has to buy in to what their role is and understand that if one person doesn't play that role or accept that role, then it's going to be very hard for us to reach where we want to reach."
The Lady Foxes also will have size inside with 6-foot-3 senior forward-center Erin Cooper.
There is another Cowher on the roster this season. Freshman Lindsay Cowher is a 6-1 post player.